Mexican shootout that killed beauty queen linked to Fast and Furious

Another gun sent to Mexico under the White House’s “Fast and Furious” program  has been found beside a murdered Mexican, just as the White House prepares to  launch a large-scale political campaign built on the Dec. 14 massacre of 26  Americans in Newtown, Conn.

The dead Mexican, Maria Gamez, was killed in a shootout Nov. 23 shootout between cops and  drug-runners. The incident made headlines because a Mexican beauty queen was  killed in the exchange of fire. Though Maria Susana Flores Gamez reportedly  had a gun in her hand, police said she was likely used as a human shield when  the men in the car she was traveling in pushed her out in front of them.

More than 150 Mexicans have been killed or wounded by the Fast and Furious  guns, according to Humbert Benitez Trevino, a former attorney general of  Mexico.

U.S. officials had allowed the gun — a Romanian-built AK-47-knockoff, dubbed a  WASR-10 — to be bought in the U.S. and illegally transported by criminals  into Mexico, Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley told CBS.

Under the Fast and Furious program, Department of Justice officials allowed  more than 1,400 guns to be bought in the U.S. and transported south to  drug-gangs, including the murderous Sinaloa Cartel.

Critics say the program was intended by top-level officials to smear U.S.  gun-sellers as reckless supporters of the cartels, and boost the  administration’s plans for gun-control legislation.

Several mid-level and senior officials in the Justice Department have been  fired or quit following GOP-led investigations of the program.

White House officials deny any role in the scandal. Since the scandal  broke, the White House hadn’t pusheded gun control.

But following the Dec. 14 massacre of 20 children and six unarmed adults in  Newtown, the president decided to focus attention on guns.

There “can’t be an excuse for inaction,” Obama told attendees at a Dec. 16  memorial service for victims of the shooting. “If there is even one step we can  take to save another child, or another parent, or another town, from the grief  that has visited Tucson, and Aurora, and Oak Creek, and Newtown — and  communities from Columbine to Blacksburg before that — then surely we have an  obligation to try.”

On Dec. 18, White House spokesman Jay Carney announced that Obama met with  Attorney General Eric Holder on Dec. 17 to plan a political campaign against  gun-related violence.

Along with Holder, Obama met with the secretaries of the education and of  health and human services.

The meeting, Carney said, “underscores the comprehensive way in which the  president views this problem.”

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